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[Click above to embiggen: the latest fake negative review attacking our book, SHUT UP!, by a librarian who never actually read the book but dishonesty hit us with a 1-star review on Amazon anyway.]
We caught another dishonest librarian leaving a fake negative review for our book SHUT UP! The Bizarre War that One Public Library Waged Against the First Amendment. This has been happening since the book appeared on Amazon.com on May 26th.
Librarians who have never read the book have been following instructions left for them on the ALA Think Tank Facebook page and other social media sites, where members of the American Library Association encourage one another to dishonestly leave fake negative reviews to try to suppress readership of our book. Since we wrote about terrible things that the American Library Association does to communities and the book is focused on horrible discoveries we made at the Orland Park Public Library in particular, librarians have been working hard to censor, ban, and suppress our book. Which is ironic if you remember that every September the ALA sponsors “Banned Books Week,” an event that no less than Thomas Sowell called “National Hogwash Week.”
Today, a librarian named Kristyn Caragher (from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) was the latest ALA acolyte to attack our book without ever reading it. Personally, I think it’s pretty low and incredibly dishonest to give a negative review to something you have not even read.
According to her LinkedIn profile, Caragher works as the Instructional Media Resources Coordinator at the university. On Amazon, she posted her fake negative review as “Amazon Customer” but she stupidly forgot that her Amazon Wish List was attached to her account and could clearly be seen.
Clicking on the Wish List led me to Caragher’s name. Included on the Wish List were books about libraries and being a librarian.
A few moments spent on Google and I found her LinkedIn account, which confirmed she is a librarian. The only product she seems to have reviewed on Amazon is our book SHUT UP!, which she doesn’t appear to have even bought (since it was not a Verified Purchase review).
Again, I note all this because this is exactly who we are always up against with the Left…and the reason it matters is because over the last few decades while no one was paying attention the Left pretty much took over all the libraries in our country and stocked them with people like Kristyn Caragher. These are people who allow their personal political ideology to get in the way of their professional behavior. You all know that America allowed the Left to take over the public schools, but the Left also took over the libraries and other cultural institutions too. And that matters because people like Kristyn Caragher clearly put aside their professional ethics in situations where they see an opportunity to engage in politics in their professions.
Librarians by and large have become foot soldiers of the Left as much as the public school teachers in this country, but the librarians are not being watched or scrutinized as much as the teachers. That’s troubling because the librarians have so much interaction with children and they can subtly promote the Left’s agenda in public buildings (which are supported by taxpayers and are supposed to be for everyone in a politically neutral way).
But, time and again Megan Fox and I have caught librarians openly engaging in Alinsky-style politicking, like what Kristyn Caragher has done by tossing all professional ethics out the window and writing a generic fake negative review of a book she never even read.
If librarians are crossing a line like this…what else are they doing? You would think that someone who trained as a librarian would respect differing opinions and would at least read a book before judging it harshly or trying to suppress it and keep others from reading it.
It is shameful that other librarians allow people like Kristyn Caragher to carry on like this, but the Left has so infiltrated and saturated the field of library sciences that her peers and colleagues would probably not even think she did anything wrong by posting a fake negative review of something she never actually read. That’s how far gone this country is and how deeply the Left has entrenched itself into hearts and minds.
These people don’t even seem to understand that they are censoring, banning, and suppressing something they have not even actually read…which is supposed to be something they are against as professionals. But, they seem to think they should do anything they can to attack an “enemy,” even casting aside whatever ethics they possess.
What’s even more hilarious is that people like Kristyn Caragher advertise themselves as being against “oppression” and “bullying”…but isn’t attacking something she never even read just because she wants to hurt the people who wrote it an act of “oppression” and “bullying”?
[Click above to embiggen: screenshot of Kristyn Caragher’s website. Look how she advertises herself…then match that up with her actions on Amazon. Hypocrisy, thy name is librarian.]
[Click above to embiggen: The Orland Park Public Library does not carry on its shelves the book SHUT UP! The Bizarre War that One Public Library Waged Against the First Amendment, even though this library claims every fall that any book that is deliberately not carried is “banned” or “censored” by the library that does not carry it. If they don’t carry a book that is critical of them, isn’t the Orland Park Public Library staff banning and censoring this book?]
* The American Library Association (ALA) hosts an event every year called “Banned Books Week,” which Thomas Sowell once called “National Hogwash Week.”
* The ALA claims that a book is “banned” if any parent ever complains about the book’s contents for young children. By this logic, the ALA would say it is age discrimination if a parent doesn’t want his/her child to look at Playboy or the Karma Sutra in a public library. The parent would be “banning” those adult books by merely voicing concern over the appropriateness for a child.
* Since the release of SHUT UP! The Bizarre War that One Public Library Waged Against the First Amendment, numerous members of the ALA have aggressively tried to suppress the book (aka “banning it”) by posting fake, negative reviews on Amazon (without ever having read the book). Also, libraries are refusing to carry SHUT UP! on their shelves…which is the very definition of “banning” according to the ALA.
* Hypocrisy, thy name is librarian.
In 2013, my friend Megan Fox and I stumbled upon the fact that no one seems to ever ask questions about how public library boards spend the millions of dollars of taxpayer money they are allotted each year in Illinois. In Chicagoland, the media once in a while busts bad school boards for going out to lavish dinners, staying in hotels for conferences in town, or expensing vacations to Florida or Hawaii or wherever and writing it off as “board education.” But, what are library boards doing? They get as much money as some school districts or park districts…only no one ever seems to question how that money is spent (just trusting that libraries aren’t misspending it).
We quickly realized that anyone who wants to fleece taxpayers and get away with it should probably think of running for a seat on a public library board. More often than not, people run opposed for those seats…and the benefits are outrageous. Since library boards are never scrutinized and the public almost never attends library board meetings, unscrupulous individuals who win seats on public library boards can pretty much do whatever they want.
We caught members of the Orland Park Public Library board stealing gold jewelry, putting in for large travel expense checks without receipts to back anything up, going on trips to “conferences” but never having any proof they actually attended conference events, throwing large sums of money at “contractors” who were paid big bucks for jobs that library employees could have (and should have) done for no extra pay, etc.
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[Click above to embiggen: the American Library Association quickly yanked down child porn promotion policies that had been in effect for years when they realized a new book critical of the ALA chastised them for facilitating these heinous crimes in public libraries.]
SHUT UP! The Bizarre War that One Public Library Waged Against the First Amendment has caused the American Library Association to quietly dissolve and disown its longstanding policies that promoted child pornography access in public libraries in Illinois and across the country. These damaging and destructive policies had been in effect at the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom since the 1990s, when a deranged and demented soul named Judith Krug was the OIF’s Director. Krug is best known for stating that she wished public libraries in Boston had not cooperated with authorities in their investigation into Muslim use of library computers to plot the 9/11 Islamic terror attacks and she also stated repeatedly that librarians should not look out for children in their libraries (and should instead look the other way when any crimes were occurring in those public buildings, in the name of “patron privacy”). Almost entirely because of Krug’s sick and twisted world view, in just a generation public libraries were transformed from safe places for families into the sketchy Masturbation Lounges and Cybercrime Dens they became in recent years.
Judith Krug is arguably one of the worst human beings to have ever lived, right up there with Margaret Sanger and Cardinal Bernard Francis Law, in terms of the destructive influence she had on decimating American families and harming children in a “transformative” way. Though she passed away in 2009, her spirit and influence still haunt the ALA…and by extension all American libraries under ALA control.
After it was announced that Megan Fox and I were writing a book that specifically examined the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom and the sick things it pushes librarians to do (including destroying evidence of crimes, interfering with and obstructing police investigations, insisting that librarians are not judges and therefore can’t tell if it’s really child porn that’s on a library patron’s screen, refusing to discriminate against people who are sexually attracted to children by reporting them to police for stalking, molesting, or exploiting children in public libraries, etc.), the ALA went into full-on panic mode.
The OIF’s new Director, a man named James “Jamie” LaRue, took to Twitter and engaged in a childish and immature squabble with Dan Kleinman, the nation’s leading expert on dangers to children in public libraries. Megan and I met Kleinman through our investigation into unreported sex crimes in the Orland Park Public Library, as Kleinman runs Safe Libraries (which is the best clearinghouse of information on all of the awful things that the ALA has been doing since the days of Judith Krug and her perverse War on Children). Kleinman confronted LaRue on the dangerous policies that the ALA had in place that instructed librarians not to call police when child pornography was being accessed in their libraries. LaRue denied that the ALA did that…but Kleinman had the proof, which he found right on the ALA’s website!
In addition to the ALA telling libraries they don’t have to call the police when child porn is being viewed, the Orland Park Public Library listened to Klein Thorpe Jenkins — which in my opinion is the worst law firm in the whole state of Illinois — when it told the Library that it could get away with not calling the police when child porn was only being viewed on library computers, instead of being filmed or downloaded or distributed. Klein Thorpe Jenkins actually made the sick distinction that the Library could evade responsibility by insisting that child porn VIEWING was okay…because it was a separate act apart from filming, distributing, downloading, etc.
No one in their right mind believes this is true…but Klein Thorpe Jenkins was wrong on this (as usual) because the act of viewing any pornography in a public building is a crime that violates lewd behavior, indecent exposure, and exploitation of children/corruption of a minor ordinances. Someone watching porn of any kind in a public building where passersby can see it is engaging in lewd conduct and is creating a sexually hostile environment that is criminal. When minors can be exposed to that sexually explicit material being viewed, the person displaying that material commits a crime. Klein Thorpe Jenkins failed to mention any of that in its advice to libraries on how they could sneakily try to claim they didn’t have to call the police on child porn viewers.
In case you haven’t figured this out yet, but Klein Thorpe Jenkins is the kind of law firm that seems to specialize in telling public bodies that they can get away with whatever sick or illegal thing they want to get away with. This is the law firm that a public entity goes to when it wants to break the law in some way: Klein Thorpe Jenkins will not tell them to obey the law, like any ethical or reputable law firm will do. Instead, Klein Thorpe Jenkins is the law firm that bad public bodies hire when they want to break the law and have lawyers that help them get away with it. They are very similar to the firm Bendini Lambert Locke in John Grisham’s The Firm…or the law firm Wolfram & Hart on tee-vee’s Angel. They are the most offensive lawyers you will ever encounter in Chicago and I believe they are the facilitators or causes of the majority of problems public bodies are involved in.
A lot of SHUT UP! deals specifically with times that Klein Thorpe Jenkins attorneys violated the law, or caused the law to be violated, right in front of us at board meetings or at other points during our investigation into the Orland Park Public Library. There are chapters and chapters of all the foul things that the legal eagles of Klein Thorpe Jenkins had a hand in. If you enjoy books about terrible law firms up to no good, then SHUT UP! will be an enjoyable read for you.
The American Library Association will hate it, of course, probably as much as Klein Thorpe Jenkins will. I find it amusing that since the book was only published yesterday that James LaRue and others at the Office for Intellectual Freedom have not even had the chance to read it yet…but already they are trying to disappear evidence down the memory hole and pretend they never encouraged child porn access in public libraries. Dan Kleinman has all the screen grabs though!
Just compare what the ALA’s policies towards child porn and explicit sexual content in public were BEFORE the publication of SHUT UP! and what they look like now, after SHUT UP! was announced and the ALA realized that Megan and I were busting them for giving such piss poor advice to public libraries. It is a night and day, obvious difference. Since these policies were not changed since the days of Judith Krug, the only explanation for every evil thing they had posted suddenly going POOF! is that SHUT UP! scared the bejeezus out of them.
It’s no wonder that members of the American Library Association have so aggressively tried to suppress sales of our book and censor and ban it and why they organized yesterday to post bogus negative reviews of SHUT UP! on Amazon to keep people from reading it.
If our book has caused so much turmoil at the ALA just one day after publication…just imagine what will happen when people read all 666-pages!
[Click above to embiggen: the bogus review by “LPZ Berskutis” that ALA Think Tank members encouraged to be left on Amazon.com to suppress sales of the new book SHUT UP! The Bizarre War that One Public Library Waged Against the First Amendment on its first day of release, 5/26/16.]
This is sickening (but thankfully Amazon.com ultimately did something about it).
Members of the ALA Think Tank (a Facebook group that Barbara M. Jones — the former Director of the ALA’s Orwellian-sounding Office for Intellectual Freedom — had used during her tenure to direct ALA members to do her bidding) openly talked about tanking the debut of SHUT UP! The Bizarre War that One Public Library Waged Against the First Amendment by writing negative reviews for the book on Amazon…without ever reading the book or knowing anything substantive about what was in it.
The book was published on 5/26/16…and aside from a handful of people who received Advanced Reader Copies (ARCs) from Megan Fox and myself personally, no one who has purchased a book from Amazon has even been able to read it yet. The books are being printed in South Carolina and then shipped via UPS…and so a book ordered on 5/26/16 would not have even been shipped as of 5/26/16 (let alone be in the hands of anyone who could have read it). Anyone posting a review of the book on 5/26/16 was, thus, being dishonest when slamming the book (that they never read) in a bogus Amazon 1-star review.
On 5/26/16, ALA Think Tankers aggressively targeted SHUT UP! for attack with negative reviews…from librarians who never actually read the book. This was similar to how the leftist site Wonkette attacked SHUT UP! earlier in the month, without ever actually reading it, because Wonkette lost its mind and became upset that Megan Fox and I released a book trailer for SHUT UP!.
This is how the Left works in case you haven’t noticed: leftists reinforce what each other say and make something true by repeating it in an echo chamber. Wonkette lied about SHUT UP!, but future leftists will cite Wonkette’s lies as fact…and build off them. Then, other leftists will cite and build off that…and it’s the Alinsky Telephone Game to destroy the target with overlapping lies.
The good news for the moment is that Amazon is sophisticated enough to realize what these leftists are doing, so the “drive-by” fake negative review that the ALA Think Tankers put up was yanked. It’s likely they will continue to post fake negative reviews in the future though, which is part of the Left’s longstanding habit of suppressing and censoring and banning whatever they do not agree with or like.
Librarians who frequent that ALA Think Tank page are so naked in their prejudiced bias and Alinsky nature. Look how they were so easily caught plotting to post the fake reviews to hurt Megan and me.
Do you think this is how people who truly believe in “intellectual freedom” should behave?
Example One from ALA Think Tank page:
So, not only are they ginning up the “insightful reviews” talk (of a book they have never read and probably have no intention of ever reading), but look at what Amy Vecchione wrote about violating our book’s copyright by just scanning it and putting it up on a “Tor node.” According to a Google search, Vecchione works in the library field at Boise State University. Here, she was caught on the ALA Think Tank page on 5/26/16 openly advocating for copyright infringement. Since she is a university professor, I wonder what she is teaching her students!
Example Two from ALA Think Tank page:
Again, none of these people have read the book SHUT UP!, but they decided to band together to suppress it by encouraging negative reviews…of a book that none of them have ever read. This is shocking and malicious willful intellectual dishonesty from the people who claim they are supporters of “intellectual freedom.” Why does the American Library Association encourage (or tolerate) its members to behave this way? Look how Terry Moore, who claims to be a librarian working in Midlothian, Texas, encourages people who have not ever read our book to trash it on Amazon…and a few hours later one of his fellow ALA Think Tankers has taken him up on his challenge.
Example Three from ALA Think Tank page:
Then came Tricia Jauquet with more of this garbage, strangely wanting the actor George Takei (from Star Trek) to involve himself and/or have other people do “creative reviews.” Again, none of these people could possibly have read SHUT UP!, as it was only published that very morning…yet Jauquet and others were gleefully plotting to trash the 666-page book with bogus negative reviews on Amazon (and even involved a beloved Asian Sci-Fi actor in her scheming). According to her Facebook page, Jauquet is the Assistant Director and Technical Services Librarian at Purdue University North Central. What the hell kind of library are those people running?
Yet again, we bust an academic librarian advocating posting dishonest and bogus negative reviews of a book she has not even read…because she wants to ban, censor, and suppress a book that she believes she will not agree with. No less than Thomas Sowell has called the American Library Association’s “Banned Books Week” by a new name — National Hogwash Week — because of the complete and utter shameless dishonesty of ALA members who participate in this hypocritical lunacy.
Is this disgusting behavior what librarians are learning in library school these days? Would their hero Neil De
Grassi Junior High Grasse Tyson approve of such shameful actions from Tricia and her ALA member colleagues?
The ALA and its leadership like James “Jamie” LaRue should be ashamed of themselves, as the people who participate in the forums that Barbara M. Jones was such a key part of when she was the Director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom are clearly people who make an absolute, unfunny mockery of “intellectual freedom.” How can a society be “intellectually free” when librarians work so hard to suppress or eliminate opposing viewpoints and sabotage books they believe they will not like (when they haven’t even read them yet)?
The American Library Association REALLY doesn’t want you to read SHUT UP!.
What are they so afraid of?
I hope it makes you interested in finding out what librarians like Amy Vecchione, Terry Moore, and Tricia Jauquet are so desperate to ban, censor, and suppress. Many in the American Library Association membership ranks seem to feel our book is an existential threat to the ALA’s very existence. This seems to be why they are so committed to suppressing our book any way that they can.
Could SHUT UP! collapse the ALA the way that James O’Keefe’s expose collapsed ACORN? If enough people read it, maybe it could. Hence, the determination by librarians to ban, censor, and suppress this book!
[Click above to embiggen: the ALA’s latest effort to silence and censor us and keep people from buying SHUT UP!]
SHUT UP! The Bizarre War that One Public Library Waged Against the First Amendment went on sale today and it has debuted as #199 of the top political books on Amazon.com (#11,412 total for the whole Amazon site).
This is amusing because we had absolutely no marketing budget, aside from word of mouth. The American Library Association hates this book with a burning passion and already ALA members on the ALA Think Tank page are threatening to scan the book and post it to TOR networks to violate our copyright and crater sales of the book.
You read that right: librarians who are part of the American Library Association are openly stating that they plan to scan the book and violate copyright law by then putting the book out there on TOR networks, so that Megan Fox and I as the authors of the book are harmed by librarians’ actions.
This, again, is a classic illustration of how the Left operates: if they do not agree with what you have to say, they look for creative ways to harm you, to hurt you, to silence you, and to shut you up. It’s shameful that librarians are behaving this way…which is why all of you reading this should start asking questions about the kinds of people that your local public libraries employ. The comments being left today about violating our copyright (on purpose) and sabotaging the launch of our book SHUT UP! all appear to have been made during the work day while the librarians doing this were on the clock.
If they are using library equipment to scan our book in order to violate our copyright and upload it to TOR, wouldn’t the library that employs them be criminally and/or civilly responsible for that wanton and willful act of copyright infringement?
When the Left does not want you to have information and does not want people writing about the terrible things that it does, the Left comes up with creative ways to silence conservatives and discourage participation in the political arena. In our case, librarians on the Left don’t want anyone else looking into what’s been going on in these public libraries. So, Megan Fox and I must be destroyed financially in their worldview. It took many hours of our time and effort to write our manuscript…and then a large sum to hire the formatters, designers, and other professionals to prep and launch the book for sale.
For librarians to want to destroy authors’ profitability is heinous.
Doesn’t this go against everything these hypocrites claim they believe in?
People who say they love books should never decide to actively violate copyright laws so that authors can not afford to invest the time and resources to write new books.
Destroying the profitability of a book such as ours, that is highly critical of the American Library Association, is a new low for Leftists.
I’m sharing this because it’s such a fun moment.
Megan Fox and I worked on our investigation into the sex crimes (and other illegal activity) happening in the Orland Park Public Library for a full 2 years. Just when we thought we uncovered everything there was to find, we’d stumble on something new. That Library had been covering up so much wrongdoing — with the blessing of the Village and the Police Chief — that it took us years to piece it all together. Along the way, the Village and police and the American Library Association all ganged up and tried everything they could think of to destroy us and shut us up. No one in Orland Park (or at the ALA) wanted us talking about the child pornography, sexual harassment of women, open public masturbation, and even gold theft happening at that Library.
We were even hit with a SLAPP lawsuit by the granddaughter of the woman who used to own the Chicago White Sox. All to shut us up.
But, Megan and I never stopped working, never stopped researching, and never stopped speaking out. And now every horrible thing that the Village of Orland Park, the Orland Park Police Department, the Orland Park Public Library, and the American Library Association did to us since 2013 is all being told.
Megan and I captured the moment when UPS brought us the first copies of the book. Almost three years of having everything and the kitchen sink thrown at us to shut us up and to terrorize us so we would never tell this story…yet, here it was.
666 pages of what no doubt is the American Library Association’s and the Village of Orland Park’s worst nightmares.
What a fabulous day.
SHUT UP! The Bizarre War that One Public Library Waged Against the First Amendment is available on Amazon.com now!